ECU Youth Arts Festival set for March 28

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)



The 11th Annual Youth Arts Festival will be held on the mall at East Carolina University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28. In case of rain, the festival will be moved to the Leo W. Jenkins Fine Arts Building on 5th St. All activities are free and open to the public.

The festival will bring more than 150 visual and performing artists from ECU, North Carolina and surrounding states to share their talents with children. Children will have an opportunity to create their own artwork and visit with artists demonstrating activities such as wheel thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, blacksmithing, paper-making, printmaking, sculpture and portraiture.

Performing artists scheduled to appear this year include The Magic of African Rhythm, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Cirque de Vol, Magic by Jazzy, the Steve Myott Puppets and Twisted Knot.

The event is hosted by the ECU School of Art and Design. Visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/youth-arts.cfm for details or follow the Youth Arts Festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ECU-Youth-Arts-Festival/145899762138141.

For additional information, contact Dindy Reich at (252) 328-5749 or reichd@ecu.edu.

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ECU receives financial support from Pitt County ABC for alcohol education efforts

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Left to right, Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC executive, presents a donation for ECU alcohol education efforts to ECU Dean of Students Lynn Roeder and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy.

By Kelly Setzer
ECU News Services

East Carolina University will use a donation from the Pitt County Alcoholic Beverage Control toward efforts to educate students on the dangers of alcohol.

“What started with a $10,000 grant a few years ago has grown to $30,000 dollars in support for vital alcohol education programming on our campus,” said Lynn Roeder, dean of students at ECU. “Pitt County ABC’s support has transformed the university’s ability to provide consistent outreach, training and resources to combat the No. 1 health and safety issue on most college campuses. We are very thankful for their support.”

During the 2014-15 academic year, the financial gift will support two main initiatives: Alcohol EDU and the Pirate Dry Dock.

Alcohol EDU is an online education module required of all first-year ECU students. The training aims to reduce underage drinking by exposing students to the laws and consequences resulting from it, as well as to teach students about low-risk and high-risk drinking behaviors.

The Pirate Dry Dock is ECU’s new alcohol-free tailgating alternative for students, which began Aug. 30 for family weekend and continued Sept. 20 before the UNC game. More than 245 students participated in the first two tailgates, with another scheduled for Oct. 23.

ECU continues extensive campus-wide efforts to educate students about alcohol. “We are very appreciative of the longstanding relationship and financial support from the Pitt County ABC board,” said Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at ECU. “The partnership has allowed ECU and the Division of Student Affairs to successfully launch the Pirate Dry Dock tailgate series and educate thousands of first year student Pirates about the risks associated with underage drinking through the online module.”

Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC executive, presented the check to Roeder and Hardy on Oct. 14.

“Pitt County ABC believes deeply that proper education and training about alcohol consumption leads to decreased underage drinking and better decision making,” Campbell said. “We are proud to have increased our financial support for ECU’s efforts to keep students safe and informed. We hope to continue this partnership into the future.”

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Pirate statue returned

Kevin Sugg, left, and Theddrick Moye, with ECU grounds moving services unload the recovered pirate statue from a truck Monday morning. They unloaded the statue at facilities services grounds complex near the Belk Building.  (Photo by  Cliff Hollis)

Kevin Sugg, left, and Theddrick Moye, with ECU grounds moving services unload the recovered pirate statue from a truck Monday morning. They unloaded the statue at facilities services grounds complex near the Belk Building.  (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

 

The iconic ECU pirate statue that stands on the campus mall has been recovered. The statue was reported missing early Sunday, April 27, and it was located early Monday, April 28 in the Bradford Creek soccer fields area.

ECU Police received a tip that someone had spotted it in that location, said Lt. Chris Sutton.

The investigation into the statue’s disappearance continues, Sutton said, and police ask for the public’s continued help as they seek to identify the person or persons responsible.

“The Pirate was recovered but is currently unavailable because he is being checked out,” Sutton said. “At the appropriate time he will be returned to his familiar place on campus.”

A preliminary examination by facilities workers showed the statue appeared to be in good shape, with only minor damage reported.

Anyone who might have information about the Pirate’s disappearance is asked to call the ECU Police tip line at 252-328-6787.

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Wells Fargo donates to Camp Hope

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Wells Fargo Dealer Services has donated a total of $8,400 to Camp Hope, a summer camp for children with cancer, sickle cell and blood disease, operated by the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

The team gave $2,000 in May and another $6,400 in September. The donations will help provide camp scholarships for children with sickle cell disease. Camp Hope is held each summer on the Neuse River near Arapahoe.

Pictured from left to right are Paulette White-Johnson, Rosemary Pugh and Kimberly White of Wells Fargo, Camp Hope director Jacque Sauls, and Teshena Pitt and Ashley Tucker of Wells Fargo.

 

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ECU Campus Kitchen joins nationwide ‘Turkeypalooza’

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University student volunteers are joining in a nationwide effort to feed the hungry through the ECU Campus Kitchen’s participation in Turkeypalooza 2013.

ECU students are joining their counterparts across the country in collecting food items to be used in prepared meals and/or food supplies delivered to community partners for holiday meal distribution.

At the Campus Kitchen at ECU, Turkeypalooza activities will include a holiday dinner at the JOY Soup Kitchen Nov. 21 and delivery of holiday meals to 22 families from Operation Sunshine Nov. 25. The 22 families were sponsored by ECU departments and student organizations.

Last year, Campus Kitchens participating in Turkeypalooza served nearly 5,000 extra meals in addition to the 21,000 meals they serve on average each month. During the last academic year, ECU’s Campus Kitchen transformed 1,226 pounds of food into 1,614 healthy meals serving residents of Greenville, NC who are struggling with food insecurity.

Founded in 2001, the Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 33 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need.

By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events.

More details about the national organization is available at www.campuskitchens.org.

To help the ECU Campus Kitchen meet their food donation goal, contact Teresa Dantzler, Campus Kitchen graduate assistant, at 252-737-1670 or email campuskitchens@ecu.edu.

 

 

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ECU community representatives complete grant training

Twenty-two representatives from North Carolina communities completed training in grants administration and public management at East Carolina University in December.

The 48-hour training course was offered through ECU’s Talent Enhancement and Capacity program, a long-term collaboration between the university and partnering organizations or communities that enhances sustainable community development. Participants studied grant program administration, grant proposal development and effective public management approaches.

In a ceremony held on campus Dec. 5, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies Ron Michelson pledged the division’s continued support to the program. “The true value of this program is apparent in the strong partnerships that we are building with your communities and the access that you gain to our faculty, staff and students,” he said.

Participants were awarded certificates of completion and continuing education credits. The participating communities were designated as ECU Community Partners and awarded plaques for their participation.

The newly-designated ECU Community Partners are Aberdeen, Garysburg, Hookerton, Kinston, Lewiston-Woodville, Roseboro, Snow Hill, Washington, Washington County, Winfall, DEEDS Incorporated, Fisher Empowerment Center, Roanoke Economic Development Corporation, Sandhills Community Action Program and Sampson County CDC.

For more information on TECB or other Community and Regional Development programs contact Kenny Flowers, director, Community and Regional Development, flowersk@ecu.edu, (252) 737-1342.

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ECU to host 8th grade girls for mathematics, science conference

East Carolina University will host 100 middle school girls professing an interest in science or math Friday at the MAGIC for STEM Girls’ Conference, beginning at 9 a.m. in Mendenhall Student Center.

The 8th grade Pitt County girls were selected by Pitt County middle school faculty members for their potential for success in mathematics and science.

Following an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. in Hendrix Theatre, the girls will join in real-life applications of science and math at the Science and Technology Building. After lunch on campus, participants will return to Mendenhall for the closing ceremony and an origami geometry activity.

The conference is funded by a grant from the Mathematics Association of America Tensor Program for Women and Mathematics, with support from ECU’s Division of Research, Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Relations, College of Arts and Science, College of Education and College of Technology and Computer Science.

For additional information about the conference, contact Cindy Putnam-Evans, associate dean for research, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, at 328-4395 or evansc@ecu.edu.

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New Greenville restaurant donates 10 percent of food sales to ECU

The ECU Department of Hospitality Management is one of the largest departments of its kind in the Southeast. (Contributed photos)

The new Carolina Ale House in Greenville will donate 10 percent of food sales during its first open week, Sept. 17 – 23, to the East Carolina University Department of Hospitality Management.

Bob O’Halloran, hospitality management department chair, and Kathy Brown, major gifts officer at ECU, will accept the donation. O’Halloran said, “We are delighted to receive such a generous gift from the Carolina Ale House Family. It’s wonderful when Greenville businesses understand the importance of supporting the students in its community.

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“We look forward to the educational and career opportunities Carolina Ale House will provide for our students,” he said.

The Carolina Ale House is a sports-themed restaurant originally established in Raleigh and now operating 15 locations in the Southeast. The Greenville site is located at 704 SE Greenville Blvd. near the Greenville Mall. For additional information about the Carolina Ale House, visit http://www.carolinaalehouse.com.

The Department of Hospitality Management at ECU is the largest of its kind in North Carolina and one of the largest in the Southeast, with an enrollment exceeding 450. Degrees offered include three undergraduate programs with concentrations available in food and beverage management, lodging management and convention management; a minor and an MBA with hospitality management option.

For additional information about hospitality management, contact O’Halloran at 252-737-1604 or ohalloranr@ecu.edu. For more details about the donation, contact Mindy Amerson, marketing coordinator for LM Restaurants, at 919-851-0858 or mamerson@lmrest.com.

 

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Grant to bring learning innovations to eastern North Carolina schools

An East Carolina University partnership with North Carolina State University was one of 19 programs nationwide selected to share in $7 million in grants for new and innovative learning programs.

The partnership will lead to release of an intelligent game-based learning environment entitled “Crystal Island” to rural middle school students throughout eastern North Carolina.

In Crystal Island, students work to solve a science mystery as they learn about microbiology. The game will help students achieve Common Core State Standards, new North Carolina state guidelines that establish what students need to learn in each grade.

Initial tests with more than 1,000 students have demonstrated significant learning gains in both science and literacy with the program.

The partnership is a collaboration between the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education in the ECU College of Education and the IntelliMedia Group at NCSU.

The grants are provided through Next Generation Learning Challenges, a collaborative program aimed at applying technological innovations to enhance learning and improve college readiness. Funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

ECU’s NGLC director Roger Conner said, “We believe learning technologies and next generation models can produce transformative change…for both teachers and students.”

For additional information on the Next Generation Learning Challenges, visit http://nextgenlearning.org/. Contact ECU’s NGLC director at 252-328-6922 or e-mail connerr@ecu.edu.

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